Hamlin might not finishat Phoenix because of torn ACL
Denny Hamlin said he isn't sure he will be able to finish his first race after knee surgery.
"I don't know how far I will go," Hamlin said after driving about 70 laps during two practice sessions Friday. "It definitely aches quite a bit, and the problem is range of motion. I can't get my knee bent far enough to put it on top of the (brake) pedal."
Hamlin was clearly in pain and limping only nine days after surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He got injured playing basketball in January.
Hamlin plans to start Saturday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. What is uncertain is whether he or relief driver Casey Mears, who got in a few practice laps Friday, will be in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing cockpit at the end of the race.
"We have some things we're going to do to make the pain better — it's going to make the range of motion better for tomorrow — that we haven't done for today," Hamlin said. "Until we get to tomorrow, we really don't know where we stand."
Allmendinger picks up first pole
A.J. Allmendinger earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole Friday, turning a lap at 134.675 mph at Phoenix International Speedway. He will start on the front row Saturday with Scott Speed, who is part of the Red Bull team for which Allmendinger used to drive. Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson, who has won four of the last five races at Phoenix, qualified 16th.
Sports in the courts
Celebrity boxing promoter charged
A celebrity boxing promoter has been charged with fixing fights and not having a license. Damon Feldman, who operates the Celebrity Boxing Federation, is charged with six counts of staging prohibited competitions without holding a promoter's license from Pennsylvania's State Athletic Commission and six counts of rigging fights at those events during a 16-month period that ended in December, state Attorney General Tom Corbett said.
"The only thing that appears to be real about any of these events is the money that went into Mr. Feldman's pocket and the media attention that he received," Corbett said Friday.
Feldman's events, held in the Philadelphia area, included a highly publicized 2008 fight between Partridge Family television star Danny Bonaduce and Howard Stern show comic the Reverend Bob Levy. The rigging charges aren't specific and don't necessarily involve that fight.
"It's entertainment," Feldman said. "I don't fix fights. Fixing fights in pro boxing is illegal. I classify myself as 100 percent entertainment."
■ A district attorney in Georgia said he plans to announce Monday whether he will file charges in a case of sexual-assault accusations against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. District Attorney Fred Bright said in a statement Friday that he has reviewed all the investigation reports and will hold a news conference to announce his decision.
■ Former NBA player Isaiah Rider was arrested Thursday on suspicion of assaulting his fiancée and reneging on a $150 cab fare. Police say Rider, 39, was taken into custody after an officer spotted him driving erratically in a vehicle with three small children inside. Rider, a former UNLV player, was drafted fifth overall in 1993 by Minnesota. He also played for Portland, Atlanta, Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers in a career that ended in 2001.
Cats host NCAA gymnastics regionals
The Kentucky gymnastics team will host the NCAA Lexington Regional Championships Saturday in Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m. The Cats, ranked 20th in the NCAA poll, will be up against No. 1 Alabama, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Illinois, No. 24 Central Michigan and Michigan State. Tickets are available at the UK ticket office, or by calling 1-800-928-2287. Reserved seating is $6, and adult general admission is $5. Youth, senior citizen and UK student general admission is $2. The top two teams advance to the championships in Gainesville, Fla., on April 22-24. The top two all-around performers not from a qualifying team and each event winner — if she is not already qualified with a team or as an all-arounder — also move on.
Women's tennis: Kentucky captain Christine Johnston picked up the only win for the Wildcats as they fell to Louisiana State 6-1 on Friday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex. UK will host Arkansas on Sunday for its last home match of the season.
Yankee Stadium fight announced
Boxing is back at Yankee Stadium after more than three decades. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum introduced Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman at the new, $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium. They'll meet for Foreman's junior middleweight title June 5 in the first sports event besides baseball since the facility opened last spring. After the Yankees wrap up a three-game home series June 3 against the Baltimore Orioles, the stadium will be turned over to Top Rank promotions. The ring will be built in right-center field, under an enormous canopy, with about 7,000 field-level seats. The rest of the seating will be in the outfield bleachers and down the first-base line, and promoters hope between 30,000 and 35,000 fans show up.
■ Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen tried to show NFL teams Friday that he is worth a first-round draft pick even though he's not 100 percent healthy three months after surgery to repair torn tendons in his right foot. Clausen didn't run during the 30-minute throwing session attended by 16 of the 32 NFL teams. He completed 57 of 59 passes, overthrowing wide receiver Robby Parris on two long routes.
■ FIFA Secretary general Jerome Valcke said Friday that a terrorist threat has been made on the World Cup. Valcke commented on an online magazine article that said "how beautiful" it would be if a bomb exploded at the U.S.-England game June 12 in the South African city of Rustenburg. Valcke said World Cup organizers are working at the "highest level of security."
■ Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother pleaded not guilty to manslaughter Friday in the death of their father, who prosecutors say was stricken after a violent clash with his son. Prosecutors say 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan died after the fight with 45-year-old Mark Kerrigan in the family home in Stoneham, Mass., outside Boston. The family says Mark Kerrigan is not responsible for his father's death.
■ The University of Wisconsin is cutting ties with Nike because the company has failed to address its concerns related to the closing of two factories in Honduras. Chancellor Biddy Martin said Friday the shoemaker has not developed "meaningful ways of addressing the plight of displaced workers and their families in Honduras" or plans to address similar situations in the future. Workers at two factories that were under contract to produce Nike apparel have not received severance after they were abruptly closed in January 2009. Nike did not own the factories, but the university's code of conduct makes companies licensed to use its logos responsible for the actions of subcontractors. The Nike deal generated $49,000 in royalties for the university last year.
■ Alabama safety Robby Green has been ruled ineligible for the 2010 season by the NCAA. Green was a leading candidate for a starting spot for the defending national champions. Coach Nick Saban said Friday that Green will remain on scholarship and be able to practice with the team.
The last word
The old stadium for the Dallas Cowboys is about to become a pile of dust and rubble. With the push of a button at 7 a.m. Sunday, more than a ton of dynamite will blow Texas Stadium into pieces.
The city-owned building couldn't compete with its successor, or even area colleges and high schools. Leaders in Irving, including mayor Herbert Gears, decided their best option was to clear the site for future development:
"What they told me was they couldn't pay the light bill."